Kent State Celebrates Newly Renovated Tri-Towers Residence Halls
Kent State University will celebrate the newly renovated Tri-Towers residence hall complex on Oct. 15 at 4:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
Kent State President Beverly Warren, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs Greg Jarvie and Kent Interhall Council President Brie Jutte will speak during the celebration. Following the remarks, participants can tour the renovated residence halls and enjoy light refreshments.
“I imagine people are curious and want to see what the final product looks like,” said Jill Church, Kent State’s director of residence services.
The internal and external renovation of Tri-Towers began this past summer and continued until the end of September.
Koonce and Wright halls now have bird’s-eye-view lounging areas for residents, called Sky Lounges. Sky Lounges were placed on the entire 10th floor of both residence halls in order to promote community building within the halls.
“We created a space for students to engage in group activities or just hang out,” Church said. “I think the renovations make it feel more like a place for students to call home.”
Kent State students like Morgan LaRue, a sophomore psychology major living in Wright Hall, love visiting the Sky Lounge to be with their peers, while studying or taking a break.
“Our Sky Lounge is phenomenal,” LaRue said. “There is a complete sense of community up there. It’s so serene.”
In addition, Leebrick, Koonce and Wright halls now have new roofs, windows, carpet and paint, as well as new metal paneling on the exterior of the buildings.
“Buildings need upkeep throughout their lifespan,” Church said. “The work we did with these buildings will give them at least another 20 years of good use.”
The Tri-Tower renovations are a part of the “Foundations of Excellence: Building the Future” initiative, which involves the construction of new buildings, facility upgrades and establishment of dynamic, new spaces. The goal of Foundations of Excellence is to create an outstanding academic experience for students, faculty, staff, alumni and the greater university community.
For more information about Kent State’s Department of Residence Services, visit www.kent.edu/housing.
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Photo of Tri-Towers renovation - Sky Lounges:
New Sky Lounges offering bird’s-eye views have been added to Koonce and Wright halls as part of the renovation of Tri-Towers residence hall complex at Kent State University.
Photo of Tri-Towers renovation – exterior of Wright Hall:
Kent State University celebrates the newly renovated Tri-Towers residence hall complex on Oct. 15. Pictured is Wright Hall, which along with Leebrick and Koonce halls received new roofs, windows, carpet and paint, as well as new metal paneling on the exterior of the buildings.
Eric Mansfield, emansfie [at] kent.edu, 330-672-2797
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